Things are heating up for the live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of the popular childrens book series Paddington. As production gears up to begin later this month, The Weinstein Company has come onboard to handle North American rights for the David Heyman-produced film. Paddington will be the first release under TWC’s new banner TWC-Dimension, which will serve as a distribution arm that will see Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein “team on films for which they share a common passion.” Additionally, director Paul King has filled out his cast for the film with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent. Hit the jump for more.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will join True Crimes, a dramatization of the cold-case killer Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was convicted of murder in 2007. No director is currently attached but Roman Polanski has been floated as a possibility.
- Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) has joined the Paddington Bear adaptation, Paddington, as a lead. Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) is being courted to voice the title character but is not yet in negotiations.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Steve attended the American Film Market (AFM) last week and was able to bring back some promo posters, images, and synopses for a number of projects currently in development. Today we’re happy to share a lengthy synopsis for the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling Paddington Bear childrens books. The live-action/CGI-animated adaptation, titled Paddington, will be directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman (the Harry Potter franchise).
This synopsis likens the film to E.T. and Mr. Bean, as the story centers on a young bear that was raised as an anglophile by his Aunt Lucy in Peru and is left lost and alone at London’s Paddington Station when Lucy decides it’s time to go to England in search of a better life. While staying with a kind family who takes him in, Paddington sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before, avoiding a sinister taxidermist and unintentionally bringing comic mayhem. Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.
The first promo poster for the feature film adaptation of the children’s book character Paddington Bear has gone online. Paddington will feature a mix of CGI and live-action, with the titular teddy bear being created using CGI animation. Author Michael Bond’s best selling books center on “a brown bear from Peru who is found at Paddington station by the Brown family,” and Paddington is being brought to the screen by Harry Potter producer David Heyman. The poster boasts a 2014 release date, so it’ll presumably be awhile before we see any footage from the pic. Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is directing, and this poster teases Paddington’s adorable signature outfit consisting of a raincoat and hat.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Voice and live-action casting has yet to be announced.
Harry Potter producer David Heyman has found a new beloved literary character to bring to movie theaters. According to THR, Paul King will direct a live-action/CGI-animated adaptation based on the children’s book character Paddington Bear. For those unfamiliar with Paddington, Michael Bond’s best selling books center on “a brown bear from Peru who is found at Paddington station by the Brown family.” Paddington also wears an adorable raincoat and hat. I’m not sure why it can’t be a straight-up animated film, but I guess children will have seizures if they don’t see live-action humans interacting with a CGI creature in a family film. Of course, I could be getting it wrong with this adaptation. Perhaps Paddington will be live-action and the family will be CGI-animated, in which case this film would be brilliant.
Hit the jump for more on Paddington Bear, and click here for what Heyman told Steve about the project last year.
With the DVD/Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 last week, Warner Bros. Home Video invited a number of reporters from around the world to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida to help promote its release. While there, I got to speak with the cast as well as some of the filmmakers behind one of my favorite films of the year. Over the last week I posted video interviews with director David Yates, Rupert Grint, Warwick Davis, Jason Isaacs, Evanna Lynch and Mark Williams, and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). And for the last interview, I’ve got an extended conversation with producer David Heyman.
During the interview, Heyman talks about being at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and what impressed him, what fans always want to talk about when they approach him, his thoughts on WB home video pulling the Potter movies at the end of the year, his memories of making the franchise, if there’s a mega box set with new extras coming in the future, and if he thinks WB might re-release the movies theatrically in 3D down the road. In addition, Heyman talked about other projects like Paddington Bear, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, his Beatles animated project, Page Eight sequels, and more. Hit the jump to watch.